ADU Program Information

ADU Program Update - March 2019

On March 4, 2019 the City of Durango hosted a public meeting to discuss the status of the ADU Program and potential amendments to the existing standards. The presentation from that meeting is below.

ADU Presentation March 2019

If you have any questions or comments on the ADU Program, please contact the Community Development Department at (970) 375-4850, plansrvcs@durangogov.org or visit River City Hall (1235 Camino Del Rio) during regular office hours.

New ADUs

The Land Use and Development Code (LUDC) for the City of Durango allows for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) to be built in certain parts of the City. New ADUs must show that they meet the standards of the LUDC and obtain a Limited Use Permit (LUP) prior to starting construction. More information regarding new ADUs can be found here. The LUDC Sections that govern the construction of new ADUs are found.

A pre-application meeting is required prior to applying to build a new ADU. If you would like to set up an appointment to discuss options for a new ADU on your property, please contact a City Planner in the Community Development Department by calling (970) 375-4850.


Existing ADU/Duplex Registration
Starting in 2014, the City conducted a program to inventory and register existing ADUs and Duplexes in the EN-1, EN-2, and EN-3 zones. Some existing ADUs and Duplexes may have been installed prior to zoning laws and may be legally non-conforming, but many were installed illegally. 

In early 2019, City Council approved an ordinance legalizing ADUs in EN-4, 5, and 6. We are now accepting applications to legalize pre-existing ADUs in these zones. Please click here to begin the registration process for your pre-existing ADU in EN-4, 5, or 6.

If you have an ADU or multiple units on your property and missed the registration period for EN-1, 2, or 3, please contact a City Planner in the Community Development Department by calling (970) 375-4850.